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Angels look to shake off injuries as they face Twins
Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels
- On Saturday, Minnesota hit six home runs against Seattle, its fifth game hitting at least five home runs this season. The Twins are the first team in MLB history to have five games hitting at least five home runs before June 1.
- Since April 25, Los Angeles has the best batting average in MLB at .279. This includes posting a .871 OPS versus right-handed pitching since then, best in baseball.
- These two teams met last week, with Minnesota taking two of the three games. Tommy La Stella went 9-for-15 (.600) in that series -- since last season he is hitting .588 against Minnesota, best in MLB (minimum 15 plate appearances).
- Jorge Polanco tallied four hits against the Mariners on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .429 since May 6, second in MLB (minimum 50 PA) behind Josh Bell (.440).
- Mike Trout hit his 250th career home run over the weekend, joining Alex Rodriguez as the only players with at least 250 home runs and 150 stolen bases before turning 28. Trout needs five steals for 200 career steals, and would be the youngest in MLB history to reach 250 home runs and 200 steals.
- Through 78 plate appearances this season, Willians Astudillo has recorded only one walk and two strikeouts. His 1.3-percent walk rate is second-lowest in MLB behind Stevie Wilkerson (1.25), and his 2.6-percent strikeout rate is lowest in baseball (minimum 75 plate appearances).
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The Los Angeles Angels likely will be without their No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the lineup when they take on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and shortstop Andrelton Simmons were injured two pitches apart in the eighth inning Monday night during the Angels' 3-1 loss to the Twins.
Ohtani was jammed by a 94 mph fastball from reliever Taylor Rogers, and the pitch hit his right ring finger as Ohtani struck out.
Simmons then tried to beat out a grounder on the right side of the infield. He landed awkwardly on his left ankle as he lunged for first base, and he had to be helped off the field.
X-rays afterward were negative for both players, but Simmons will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine if there was any ligament damage.
"More concerned now about Simmons' injury than Shohei's," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "I feel like Shohei by all indications should be fine, a quicker timeframe. We don't know what Simmons' timeframe is, but that's probably the bigger concern right now."
Simmons, a four-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, bats cleanup and leads the team in hits (56) while batting .298 with 21 RBIs.
"I mean, it's tough, especially back-to-back like that," two-time American League MVP Mike Trout said of the injuries. "You guys saw the replay (of Simmons' injury). We've just got to hope for the best and hope it's not too serious.
"It kind of deflates you when you see guys go down, especially (Simmons), who has been having an unbelievable season so far. His reaction said it all. He obviously was in a lot of pain, so it's just tough."
Angels right-hander Trevor Cahill (2-4, 6.95 ERA), who lost his last start at Minnesota on Wednesday 8-7, will oppose right-hander Michael Pineda (3-3, 5.55) on Tuesday.
Cahill, who is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in nine career games and seven starts against the Twins, has failed to finish five innings in five of his last six starts. He allowed six runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings at Target Field last week.
Pineda, who is 1-1 with 6.08 ERA in four career starts against the Angels, comes in off an 11-6 victory at Seattle on Thursday night. He threw a season-high seven innings, allowing five hits, including three solo home runs, to snap a personal three-game losing streak. He has allowed 13 home runs in 47 innings this season, his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017.
The eighth inning on Monday night was much more enjoyable for the Twins, who have won six of their last seven games, thanks to a two-run homer by Miguel Sano that broke a 1-1 tie and turned out to be the game-winner.
"Just a good swing," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He stayed through the ball well and drove it out that way (391 feet to right-center). ... He has the kind of strength where, regardless where you're playing, he can drive the ball out anywhere. It's just a big hit. It's a game-changing type of at-bat for him and great for us."
The Twins improved to 16-8 on the road.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 21, 2019